Weight Issues and Optimism

It is possible to be optimistic as someone who is somewhat obese... AND to be unhappy and pessimistic as someone who is not obese.

While there definitely IS an upsurge in the rates of obesity in our society--almost twice as many women as men who are not overweight think that they are. 25.3% of men and 47.9% of women defined as within their normal weight range think they weigh too much.  The group least forgiving of itself consists of white women between 40 and 59 years who are within their target weight range—a full 59.6% of these women are convinced that they are overweight when they actually aren't.

If you are unsure of whether your perception of your being overweight is distorted, you could calculate your Body Mass Index, or BMI.  Go here to find out how you can do that:  http://www.nhlbisupport.com/bmi/

Source: U.S. National Center for Health Statistics, unpublished data covering 1988–1994.
** Image of singer Karen Carpenter.  Karen was one of the first celebrities to die from Anorexia.  Karen perceived herself to be "fat".  Go HERE to see Todd Haynes movie about Karen and her body image (done with Barbies). 
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With gratitude, I base this blog on the book "Learn to be an Optimist: A Practical Guide to Achieving Happiness" by Lucy MacDonald, a Quebec-based motivational speaker with an academic background in psychology and counseling.

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